Volvo To Impose Top Speeds On All Cars From 2020

Mon 4th Mar 2019

Swedish car manufacturer Volvo has taken a bold step by announcing that it will limit all of its cars produced from 2020 to just 112mph.

The company’s Vision 2020 has an aim for no one to be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo by 2020, and though the company has pioneered systems and technology to make driving safer, they are now turning the focus on driving habits.

“Volvo is a leader in safety: we always have been and we always will be,” said Håkan Samuelsson, president and chief executive. "Because of our research we know where the problem areas are when it comes to ending serious injuries and fatalities in our cars. And while a speed limitation is not a cure-all, it’s worth doing if we can even save one life.

“We want to start a conversation about whether car makers have the right or maybe even an obligation to install technology in cars that changes their driver´s behaviour, to tackle things like speeding, intoxication or distraction,” said Mr. Samuelsson. “We don’t have a firm answer to this question, but believe we should take leadership in the discussion and be a pioneer.”

Volvo’s own research has found that even with in-car safety technology and smart car design, there is still the possibility of fatalities and serious injury when cars are travelling above certain speeds. Twenty-five per cent of all traffic fatalities in the USA are caused by excessive speed.

The problem may be that cars feel so safe these days, that they don’t feel driving at speed presents a danger and that drivers possibly need educating about the issues at hand.

“As humans, we all understand the dangers with snakes, spiders and heights. With speeds, not so much,” said Jan Ivarsson, one of Volvo’s safety experts. “People often drive too fast in a given traffic situation and have poor speed adaption in relation to that traffic situation and their own capabilities as a driver. We need to support better behaviour and help people realise and understand that speeding is dangerous.”